a Closer look over Rome at the Caesar’s time
The Architectural Model of Ancient Rome is the main attraction of the Museum of Roman Civilization. It represents the most realistic and detailed reconstruction of the Rome of Caesars at the time of its greatest expansion under Emperor Constantine in the fourth century a.C.
Its construction is based on the main archaeological knowledge of the years when was made, starting from the Forma Urbis Severiana by Rodolfo Lanciani (published in 1893) under a project by an extraordinary architect who was Italo Gismondi (with the help of the architects Gatti and Colini) and the unparalleled hand of the moldmalker Piero di Carlo (1906-1992).
Piero di Carlo making the model, 1934.
the Colosseum with on the left the Temple of Venus and Rome and the Basilica of Maxentius.
On the right the Temple of Caesars
the Colosseum from an opposite view with the Temple of Claudius on the left.
On the right the Terme of Trains and Terme of Titus
Circus Maximus, Domus Augustana and the Palatine. On the right the Septizodium
the Tiber with the Island and bridges Cestio and Fabricio. On the left the Marcello’s Theatre
the Mausoleum of Hadrian (today Casted Sant’Angelo) and the Elio’s Bridge (Ponte Sant’Angelo)
the stadium of Domitian (today Piazza Navona) and the Domitian Odeon
Piero di Carlo making the model, 1934
the Baths of Caracalla and the aqueduct on the back
the Pompeus Theatre in Campo Marzio
an Overview on the Ancient Rome from north
Today, after more than eighty years after the start of the making the Architectural Model of Ancient Rome still keeps an irrepressible charm and historic-scientific value. Shows itself with all rich contents of great educational value, not complain about it the signs of aging and threats of new technologies. The Model of Ancient Rome retains an extraordinary character like museum object really unique. There is no similar works of art elsewhere even an equally exciting opportunity to visit does not in Rome and elsewhere.
All Photos by Andrea Felice 2017 ©